EXCLUSIVE: 'No clear plan to join' - Cerezo Osaka spokesperson on the Japanese club's alleged plans to join the S.League next season

A spokesperson for the J-League side confirmed that there were no real plans to join the S.League
Media reports had suggested that Cerezo Osaka were on the verge of joining the S.League for 2013 and were in negotiations with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), a decision that allegedly upset the heirarchy at Albirex Niigata (Singapore).

Albirex, who have been a part of the S.League since 2004 and have been the longest serving foreign team in the league, were reportedly on the verge of quitting should another Japanese team join the competiton.

However, a statement from The Swans chairman, Daisuke Korenaga, squashed the rumours.

"I wish to assure our fans that we remain committed to the S.League," was Albirex's affirmative statement.

Now, a Cerezo Osaka spokeperson, speaking exclusively to Goal.com, confirmed that any talk of joining the S.League was far too premature and may not even take place.

"We will not join the League immediately," came the reply from the Cerezo representative.

"We have studied the S.League, Thai League, and other leagues.  But it was only 'study'.

"We don't have any clear plans about joining other Asian leagues right now."

Cerezo Osaka, founded in 1957, ply their trade in the J.League Division 1.

Albirex Niigata will be in action on Saturday night at Jurong East Stadium as they take on Yotha FC of Laos in the final Singapore Cup Round of 16 match.